NEW YORK (Reuters) -- When Japanese actor Gitan Otsuro climbed out of his cab in New York City on Friday, the meter showed more than 6 million yen ($58,000) -- but he's not planning to pay the fare.

The three-month, 20,000-mile (32,000-km) trek from Patagonia, Argentina, in the Tokyo taxi was sponsored by a Japanese TV station which is making a travel documentary about it.